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ReBiblican vs. Republican – The Difference is Extremism

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

Nicole Nichols and I recently created “The Kryptonite Project”. This effort is dedicated to exposing extremist politicians and their funding sources that are immersed in ultra conservative Christian Dominionist politics. We compiled all national candidates into one post titled, “2012 Voter Guide of GOP ReBiblican Candidates – 50 State Edition” for all to see and share during this crucial election.

This is not new, in fact back in the 1980s we knew these people by the label the – “Religious Right”. But this latest incarnation is the former Religious Right on steroids. Many of the very same names and faces that helped create the Religious Right are found in the organizations, PACs, foundations and board rooms of the frankensonian creation of the ReBiblican Party.

Mike Huckabee has a video out in these final days leading up to election day next Tuesday, November 6th that puts right up front what their real focuses are. It’s not jobs, security and housing. It is biblically-based social positions that are designed to control behaviors of all Americans who are not complying with their vision of morality.

“HUCKABEE: Many issues are at stake, but some issues are not negotiable: The right to life from conception to natural death. Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined. It is an egregious violation of our cherished principle of religious liberty for the government to force the Church to buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent human life.

Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? This is Mike Huckabee asking you to join me November 6th and vote based on values that will stand the test of fire.”

The majority of these ReBiblican candidates, who we have carefully screened, share this exact biblical world view and, sadly, there are more of them in the bible-based cult of Dominionism than Americans are aware of. They rely on their religious affiliation seen innocuously as those who are “simply god-fearing, patriotic Americans” – when in fact, these are not mainstream Christians at all.

Mike Huckabee actually went so far as to recite the first paragraph of this speech by Dominionist, George Grant during his presidential campaign in 2004:

“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ-to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.

But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.

World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power ofthe Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less.

George Grant, (who endorsed Michele Bachmann for president) and a former assistant to D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries in Florida, went on as follows:

“If Jesus Christ is indeed Lord, as the Bible says, and if our commission is to bring the land into subjection to His Lordship, as the Bible says, then all our activities, all our witnessing, all our preaching, all our craftsmanship, all our stewardship, and all our political action will aim at nothing short of that sacred purpose.

Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land – of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ. It is to reinstitute the authority of God’s Word as supreme over all judgments, over all legislation, over all declarations, constitutions, and confederations.

True Christian political action seeks to rein the passions of men and curb the pattern of digression under God’s rule. Fortunately, because of the theocratic orientation of our founding fathers, our nation has virtually all the apparatus extant to implement such a reclamation. Unfortunately, the enemies of the Gospel have hand-in-hand eroded the strength of those godly foundations.”

People always ask me why I call them Dominionists and Grant’s quote could not make it any clearer.

To clarify, a ReBiblican is someone who believes the following main belief that,

America was founded as a Christian nation

Mixed into this erroneous belief are what some in the the world of Christian Dominionism refer to as Reclaiming the 7 Mountains of Culture. Here are the basic tenets of this skewed scripture-twisted biblical world view shared in part or whole by these following candidates:

  1. Religion Mountain - Freedom of religion is restricted to those they deem the “right kind of Christian”, all other religions are here on probation and they had best not get too comfortable.
  2. Family Mountain - means one man, one woman and minorities are still suspect as fit parents.
  3. Education Mountain - Public education is bad. Public schools are secular indoctrination centers who block the worship through prayer and song of their version of Christianity.
  4. Business Mountain - More is blessed! The more you make, the wealthier you become, the stronger the affirmation as a message from God that you are truly the elect. Controlling business = controlling government.
  5. Arts & Entertainment Mountain - Crippling secular arts programs opens doors for Dominionist influence and entertainment that fits their views as the “right kind of message”.
  6. Government/Military - Privatization eliminates regulation that separated church and state and military infestation sets up global proselytizing opportunities under the guise of “nation building” and the use of authoritarian power to harvest souls among our own ranks.
  7. Media Mountain - They are as aware as the rest of us that media plays an extremely influential role in forming the opinions of American voters.

This also unequivocally differentiates the ReBiblican from a Republican. Republicans may hold conservative ideals, but they also recognize that America was founded on the principles of democracy – not theocracy, and they value the reasons behind why Thomas Jefferson felt so strongly about making it very clear that their must be a wall of separation between church and state.

Mike Huckabee, himself a former governor and presidential candidate, brings up the fact that many ReBiblican politicians are also seated and running for state offices, such as Governor and Lt. Governor which we included in our 2012 Voter Guide of ReBiblican Governor & Lt. Governor Candidates. We have literally run out of time to compile and release information on candidates running for state legislatures and other elected offices, county, city and school board positions.

Having said that, we are prepared to guarantee that The Kryptonite Project has only just begun. By 2014, you can expect to see a detailed list of ReBiblican candidates running for all elected offices – right down to dog catcher. And in addition to 2014, we are all too keenly aware that, in less than 2 years, campaigning will begin for the 2016 election and the strategy sessions have already begun.

They know they will lose this election and they are going to make certain that they are not embarrassed in 2016. Promoting absurdly ill-prepared candidates in the wake of Sarah Palin entering stage left in 2004, and exacerbated by the clown show GOP primary of 2012 with characters such as Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and more clearly backfired. They were so absurd that mainstream Christians even began to recognize that these folks don’t share the same faith values as theirs. And they were so absurd that the GOP was left with a Mormon at the top of the ticket, something that Dominionist Christians find nearly impossible to reconcile.

Their disastrous campaign cycle comes down to brazen over-confidence by these theocrats over the past 4 years. They have been in the driver’s seat of the GOP since 1992 when they infested the Party and displaced the Eisenhower Republicans. Eisenhower Republicans are those conservative who, while some are devout in their faith, believe in the separation of church & state and recognize the severe dangers of a theocracy.

The good news? There are a lot more of us than there are of them, but we must join together in this stand against extremism. All Americans…political/non-political, democrat/republican, progressive or liberal/conservative, religious/or not. We must participate in our democracy and pay attention to who is climbing up under the skirts of legitimate organizations like our political parties and churches. Most of us are moderate in our lives, our politics, our faith and that is the common thread that we must unite with.

We tell folks all the time that we are not anti-religion, nor anti-conservative – we are passionately anti-EXTREMISM. Dominionists are not for freedom of religion unless it is their scripture-twisted version of Christianity, literally applying to only those they refer to as “the right kind of Christian”. We must not allow them to succeed in gaining any more ground than they already have and, in fact, we must reverse their successes and push back in unity so that we can look at our future without seeing civil law replaced by biblical law.

Exposure is their kryptonite and we are spreading it like fairy dust. Support of these political candidates comes from a population of low-information voters in America that not only have the power to vote, but they show up, all the while bringing their religious zealotry into the mix, knowing as little about the Bible as they do about American politics and Civics 101.

Take a look at the lists we are compiling and judge for yourselves how few you think are engaged in theocratic politics in America. If we don’t show up – they will win, it’s that simple. Everything from women’s health issues, the passage of person-hood acts, de-regulation of industries, greater tax burdens for the non-wealthy, privatization and Christianization of public education, heightened military conflict in accordance with a biblical perspective, slashing minimum wage laws, eliminating social security and medicare, the future of what our Supreme Courts will look like, the gutting of programs that help the poor…the indigent…and the downtrodden including school lunch programs and Head Start for the most vulnerable among us – and so many more – will be our reality in America.

This is no longer simply partisan politics of liberal vs. conservative, democrat vs. republican…this is now freedom vs. theocracy.

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Picture of the Day: President Obama and Chris Christie Working Together

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

In an age when Republicans have refused to work with the Democratic President to help Americans in a time of deep financial crisis, it is news worthy when one crosses the aisle.

Governor Christie had done just that, heaping praise on the President for his quick responses and desire to help governors cut through the red tape that might otherwise obstruct quick help.

Here’s your picture of the day:

There are those who speculate that Christie is doing this for political gain, and there might be truth to that. I’m no fan, but I’ve always seen Christie as an emotional guy who takes pride in his role as Governor. I think he shares with President Obama a desire to be a steward — to take good care of the people. His particular style is very different from Obama’s understated and controlled emotions, but they both clearly want the best for the people whose lives are in their hands.

As we mourn for those whose lives were lost in Sandy and those who lost their homes and businesses, we can take heart that right now, there are elected officials working together for greater good of Americans.

It is shameful that this is news, and even worse, that as these two men and all of our first responders and helpful citizens work together as patriots, some Republicans just can’t let go of their pettiness. Even now, Bush’s FEMA director is still criticizing the President for being competent while Fox News desperately tries to distract from the President’s steady leadership by politicizing yet another tragedy.

If you can’t come together in times like these and you can’t manage to be a grown up for a few days, you probably don’t deserve to hold elected office. This means that most of the Congressional Republicans should be voted out November 6th for putting defeating Obama over helping struggling Americans. Country first, over politics.

Please consider donating to the Red Cross if you have a few bucks to spare (link above in the header of the site).

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A Halloween Special Featuring Sarah Palin

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

This week’s super-storm was a reminder of why the Romney campaign is just plain wrong when it comes to the importance of the Federal Government’s involvement during national emergencies.  We saw the devastating results of Republican ideology during Katrina.

Here with her Halloween special is Lipstick Liberal to remind us of the various disasters, natural and otherwise, that would come with a Republican Administration and/or congressional control.

Transcript:

Ep.37

Lipstick Liberal “Mad Sarah Palin: The Republican Road Warrior”

VOICE OVER: All that remains are memories. Memories of a time of chaos then a time of wasted dreams, but most of all, we remember the time of a Republican Warrior! A woman we called Mad Sarah.

MAD SARAH 2016

Tea-Partiers, Republicans and Conservative Americans, it’s been years  since the world was taken over by the black fuel!  I just pray that some of you have survived to receive this transmission of hope!

I mean, heck I was the one who told you the treachery of ramming those free-LUNCHES down your throats was harbinger to the end of free…. DUMMMM being rammed down your throats.

But, since obviously no one was listening to me, I realized America was no longer the country I recognized as truly loving ME, Todd and I took the family to live with some like-minded Christians, before the Economic Armageddan began!

Now, I can only imagine the Tsunami’s END to prosperity, and the DESTRUCTION of religious freedom, I know in my head you ARE ALL NOW experiencing!  I’m not saying I told ya so, BUUUTTT, I just hope there are still a few of our freedom-loving seniors and some babies left too!

Doncha worry, because if you have survived the Civil War, Muslim take-over and forced Gay Marriage, Obama told you he was going to do,  WE ARE gonna save ya from that 1000 yrs of Socialist Darkness, that I know in my head you are ALL NOW living in!

So, you tell those evil Muslim Brotherhood Czars, if they think Sarah Palin is going to let them continue turning my country into the America of the Middle East, I know in my head, Obama was hell-bent on creating, they got another thing coming!

VOICE OVER:  That was the last we ever heard of Mad Sarah.  As for me, I grew to womanhood, and thanks to birth control, affordable education, healthcare, social security and retirement pensions,  lived a pretty normal middle class life.

End of Transcript:

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Even the Beltway is Catching on to Romney's 'Desperate Dishonesty'

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

On Bloomberg TV, Al Hunt, executive Washington editor for Bloomberg News, said that Romney’s “dishonest” ads about Chrysler and GM moving to China are “just desperation.” Hunt pointed out that executives of the auto companies have called the ads fraudulent, and that President Obama saved the American auto industry while Romney opposed the rescue.

Yes, you know all of this already and the polls confirm it, but what makes this special is that Al Hunt said it. Al Hunt called Romney desperate and dishonest.

Watch here:

TRANSCRIPT

HUNT: Moreover, when Romney runs a dishonest ad claiming that the Obama auto rescue plan is resulting in Chrysler and General Motors moving jobs overseas to China, that’s just desperation. Romney opposed rescuing the American automobile industry. Obama favored it, and it worked, as Ohio Republican, Governor John Kasich, and Senator Rob Portman have attested. Moreover, his ad is fraudulent according to executives from Chrysler and General Motors. I would remind you of one thing. No Republican has ever been elected President without carrying Ohio.

Hunt is not just some journalist. He worked for the Wall Street Journal for many years and was even their executive Washington editor. He was one of ten people chosen to remember Tim Russert at his memorial service. When Hunt calls you desperate and dishonest, you are cooked.

Or, if you are a conservative, you just scream that Al Hunt is a “left wing extremist”. A “left wing radical” translates to an informed person who refuses to bend reality for conservatives. Here’s Hunt’s bio on Bloomberg: “Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist appearing on Mondays. The executive editor of Bloomberg News, he directs coverage of the Washington bureau, which includes more than 250 reporters and editors. Hunt hosts the weekly television show “Political Capital with Al Hunt.” In his four decades at the Wall Street Journal, he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor and wrote the weekly column “Politics & People.” Al also directed the Journal’s polls, was president of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and a board member of the Ottaway community newspapers. He was a panelist on the CNN programs “The Capital Gang” and “Novak, Hunt & Shields.” Al is co-author of books on U.S. elections by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution. His Bloomberg column also appears in the International Herald Tribune.”

In a sane world, no one would accuse Bloomberg of being a hotbed of liberal radicalism. Thus we are left with the knowledge that even the centrists are calling out Mitt Romney and using the words “fraudulent” “dishonest” and “desperate” to describe the Republican’s ads.

A new Michigan poll shows Obama with a 6 point lead over Romney. EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn told the Detroit Free Press, “I think the auto issue … has solidified things for Obama.” The Free Press explains the support, “Half of those polled said the rescue of GM and Chrysler was a deciding factor in their support — and of those, nearly two-thirds backed Obama.”

When Romney went after two huge American corporations, he introduced a whole new segment of the population to his mendacity. Or, as Republicans call it, “winning”.

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Obama's Lead in Grows in Three Ohio Polls as Romney's Jeep Lie Backfires

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

In days since Mitt Romney lied and said Jeep was moving production to China, Barack Obama’s lead has expanded in three different polls.

In the closest of the polls, the <a href="” University of Cincinnati found that since Romney claimed that Jeep is moving production to China, the contest has gone from 48%-48% tie to a 48%-46% Obama lead. In the latest PPP poll, President Obama has gained a point on Mitt Romney in the last three days. Since his Jeep lie, Romney has lost two points in the state, and the president now leads 50%-45%. In the Newsmax/Zogby Ohio tracking poll, Obama has increased his lead from 48%-45% to 50%-44%. In two other polls, Obama’s lead remains the same as it was last week. In the CBS News/Quinnipiac poll, Obama leads 50%-45%, and in the SurveyUSA poll, the president maintained a 48%-45% lead.

The best case scenario for Mitt Romney after he lied about Jeep moving production to China, then doubled down with a misleading television ad, and then tripled down with a lie filled radio ad is that he hasn’t lost any more ground to the president. However, it is clear that Romney is not gaining ground in Ohio, as the president has led the state in 20 of the last 22 polls. There is no momentum for Romney in Ohio. Three new polls show that Mitt Romney has lost support in the state since he decided to try to lie to Ohio’s voters.

The average of all polling in the state gives Obama a 2.4 point lead, but in four of the last five polls Obama’s lead is greater than the average. Mitt Romney’s tactical decision to try to scare voters into supporting him appears to be backfiring. Voters are more often than not in these polls moving away from Romney. He has been roundly condemned for his false statements by newspapers and other media outlets across the state and the country.

Voters aren’t stupid. They know the story of the auto bailout, and they don’t appreciate being lied to.

Romney’s ploy to win Ohio may end up backfiring and turning an Obama lead into a victory on Election Day.

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Redditor Rallies to Stop Celina High School From Treading on Students' Constitutional Freedoms

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

Welcome to the age of the Internet, Celina High School administrators. I don’t think you’re going to like this.

In the Republican county of Mercer, Ohio, wearing a T-shirt supporting gay rights in your public high school can get you detention. But pro-life T-shirts sporting a fetus are okay.

Confused? So was KyraGrace (Reddit handle), a student at Celina High School, which, by the way, hosted vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan last week.

KyraGrace thought the public school was being hypocritical. He sees students wearing pro-life tees, Romney supporting tees (he emailed a picture of a student wearing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt to a reporter as proof), and Obama is a “socialist” tees, yet he claims the school originally said the rainbow tees had to go because they were political.

The detention worthy rainbow tees were even clever about the cause they supported (see image above), “I support —. Express yourself.” KyraGrace took to Reddit yesterday to voice his discontent, landing the school in the center of a Constitutional firestorm of their own making.

KyraGrace wrote: “Today, twenty students at our local high school got in trouble for wearing shirts promoting gay rights because of the political issue. Yet, they host a pro-life club and allow them to wear shirts. What backwards things have your schools done that made about zero sense?”

He then detailed the history, :Back story: Some of the high school students wanted to promote the “Gay Marriage Rights” program. They made shirts to wear to school. They werent offensive in any context. It was only a rainbow that said “I have the rights to express my love.” The vice principal punished these students and forced them to change because they are advertising “political” messages.
Yet, this school promotes their pro-life club called the “Students for Life”. They have their own shirts, which have a fetus and promotes pro-life. Not to mention the signs the put up around our town. They refuse to debate with pro-choicers as well. How is that not considered “political”?
This school is a public school too..
EDIT 1: Just got home. I will read through these and try to comment to most of you.
EDIT 2: The students were punished quite swiftly. Some were simply told to change, others got detention. They fought back and told them that they have the rights to wear it.
EDIT 3: It’s a public school. Not a very large school district either.
EDIT 4: Interview with local paper. Be back later.
EDIT 5: Back. usnews.com will have the article on their website at noon tomorrow, my friend said. Also, interviewed for a local newspaper.
EDIT 6: The shirt looked like this: http://imgur.com/Swc6b,Co2N3
EDIT 7: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/10/31/ohio-high-school-students-told-to-remove-rainbow-t-shirts-supporting-gay-rights
http://hypervocal.com/news/2012/ohio-students-face-discipline-for-gay-rights-t-shirts/
There you go.”

KyraGrace was right to find the school’s stance hypocritical. The school is infringing on the Constitutional rights of the students’ freedom of speech/expression (an argument already won over rainbow t-shirts in public schools, by the way).

It turns out that students don’t surrender their rights when they enter onto the property of a public school. Go figure, since the school is the property of our government and we are granted freedom of speech with protection from governmental attempts to silence it. The ACLU points out, “The Bill of Rights guarantees that the government can never deprive people in the U.S. of certain fundamental rights including the right to freedom of religion and to free speech and the due process of law. Many federal and state laws give us additional rights, too.”

Redditors voted KyraGrace’s post up to over 1400 points, causing the Internet site HyperVocal to notice. They got in touch with KyraGrace and did a story on the school’s policy today. HyperVocal pointed out that indeed the bylaws and policies of the school do not prohibit political clothing:

The Celina City District bylaws and policies page warns that no clothing should “materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program” (emphasis ours), and that “the Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance, except when their choices interfere with the educational program of the schools.”

Is a rainbow disruptive? Only if you find free speech disruptive, which Celina High School Superintendent Jesse Steiner apparently does. Speaking to US News, Steiner said, “The only reason they would be told that they couldn’t wear something is if it is a disruption of the educational process, or if it’s not allowed in the handbook. And there’s a line in our handbook about drawing undue attention to yourself.”

Fetus tees are not disruptive, but rainbows are? Fetus tees don’t draw attention to you, but rainbows do? Rainbows BAD; medical event taking place in a woman’s private areas GOOD.

Both sides are reportedly talking to lawyers, but only one side has the odds in their favor to prevail. Public high school administrators don’t have the power or authority to pick and choose what free speech they will allow. They do not get to allow the speech they agree with and not allow the speech they find offensive. They should know this, working at a public institution in which they allegedly educate our nation’s youth about such matters.

Freedom of speech/expression is one of our most cherished rights. Even in conservative counties. Even in high school. Yes, administrators can make certain rules but they may not arbitrarily apply them only to speech they find offensive or threatening like, say, a dictator would. They will be hard pressed to explain why a rainbow is “disruptive” but a fetus is not.

If the administrators refuse to abide by the Constitution, they probably shouldn’t be employed by the government and paid by taxpayer money.

Image: http://imgur.com/Swc6b,Co2N3

Note: It is PoliticusUSA’s policy to use the handle/username of individuals whose social media posts are published unless granted written permission by the individual to use their “real name” if it differs from their user name. The Redditor in question was interviewed by other outlets and is indeed a student at Celina.

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25 Americans Are Dead Because Romney Believes Government Oversight Restricts Profits

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

In the criminal justice system, an accomplice in a crime is just as culpable for a homicide as the person who pulls the trigger, and it is not uncommon for the driver of a getaway car to face murder charges regardless if they left the car during the commission of a crime. It is the same with malpractice claims. If there was negligence on the part of a surgical equipment manufacturer and the surgeon knew a device was defective, then the surgeon and manufacturer are both legally responsible for the death of a patient, and culpability can reach all the way to regulators and inspectors tasked with ensuring a device’s safety. It is government’s responsibility to provide inspectors and regulators to guarantee consumer products are safe, but because Republicans believe regulations hinder profits, they believe businesses deserve free rein to ignore rules protecting consumers. In fact, there are instances in the past few years that resulted in tragic consequences for workers, and in each circumstance, it was the failure of self-regulation that caused accidents that killed American workers.

Willard Romney promises to “get government out of the way” of corporations he claims suffer from regulations that prevent them from increasing their already record profits. When Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he was instrumental in protecting a corporation by failing to adequately regulate a company and Americans are dying.

The fatal meningitis epidemic spreading across the country is directly attributable to then-governor Willard Romney’s failure to adequately regulate the New England Compounding Co. (NECC), the Massachusetts pharmaceutical company responsible for the public health crisis that has infected 344 people in 18 states, and killed 25 so far. According to Massachusetts state records, it is now confirmed that a Massachusetts regulatory agency found that in 2004 the pharmaceutical corporation repeatedly failed to meet accepted standards, and instead of holding the company responsible and protecting consumers across the nation, Romney’s administration withdrew a reprimand out of deference to the corporation’s business interests. For the record, owners of the New England Compounding Co have made campaign donations to Romney and Massachusetts senatorial candidate Scott Brown.

Records show that on at least six occasions, authorities cited NECC for failure to meet regulatory standards, and at least one complaint alleged that NECC’s methylprednisolone acetate failed to comply with pharmaceutical standards. It is the same drug involved in the current epidemic that has killed 25 Americans. In 2004, The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, a state regulatory agency reporting directly to Romney, offered NECC a consent agreement that acknowledged professional misconduct warranting disciplinary action, a public reprimand, and three years’ probation. In November 2004, an NECC letter argued that such disciplinary action would be “potentially fatal” to NECC’s business, and asserted “Once disclosed, the reprimand will surely result in investigations and inquiries in other jurisdictions, and regardless of the derivative actions taken, the attendant legal and administrative costs will be devastating.” NECC decided that instead of the state monitoring the company, NECC would “bear the burden of cost and monitoring and reporting compliance” if they were given a non-disciplinary resolution. Translation; if the state does not discipline our company, we will regulate ourselves.

Massachusetts Board of Registration (BOR) subsequently dropped the reprimand, but in 2005, NECC faced another complaint and BOR went forward with a Consent Agreement that was “more advantageous to the company than was requested by NECC.” Instead of three years’ probation, NECC received one year and a non-disciplinary agreement to prevent reporting to the National Association of State Boards of Pharmacy or other outside agencies. Subsequently, by 2006 NECC was permitted to monitor itself and in May 2006, co-owner Barry Cadden wrote regarding several safety precautions that he was “pleased to report that the following actions have been completed.

According to Massachusetts’ General Laws, Chapter 13, Section 22, members of BOR in Pharmacy are appointed by the governor, and since they reported to Romney, he “was responsible for these agencies.” A former Massachusetts’ secretary of health and human services said “It speaks volumes about the tragic outcome of Romney’s view on regulatory issues. There are two dozen people who died needlessly. It was clearly the responsibility of the company to protect them, but it was also the responsibility of the government at various levels and they failed.” This month, NECC issued a statement saying, “We have voluntarily suspended operations while we assist authorities in this investigation. The fatalities and illnesses confirmed today by the CDC and FDA are tragic.” Regardless NECC’s voluntary suspension, three of its facilities have been shut down by authorities after 25 people died as a result of Romney’s views on regulations. In a related matter, Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) signed a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency arguing that regulations on the compounding industry should be loosened. Brown, like Willard Romney, received campaign contributions from NECC’s co-owners for being allowed to monitor their corporation for compliance with state laws.

Romney cannot feign ignorance as governor, because after the attack that killed four diplomats in Libya, he asserted that remarks from embassy officials in Cairo represented the Obama Administration, and that any subordinate’s action is the administration’s action. Since Romney appointed members to BOR and they answered to him, their inaction in prosecuting regulations and compliance falls on him and subsequently, his position on lax or self-regulation contributed to the deaths of 25 Americans and infection of 344 other patients.  According to federal authorities, the fungus responsible for the meningitis epidemic matched over 50 unopened drug vials sent out by NECC, the source of contaminated drugs, and over 17,000 vials of the tainted drug was shipped to 76 different facilities around the country; the epidemic is not over.

Government, state and federal, is responsible for protecting consumers from corporate negligence, and yet Romney campaigns on eliminating regulations that prevent corporations from earning greater profits. In West Virginia in 2010, a coal mine explosion that killed several miners was the result of criminal disregard of safety regulations, and the TransOcean oil platform explosion occurred because regulations were ignored by company officials monitoring their own operations. Romney’s remedy to regulations is allowing companies to self-regulate, and there is no greater danger to consumers than leaders in “charge of oversight who believe oversight is unnecessary.”

There are 25 dead Americans because Romney believes government oversight restricts corporate profits, and that a company with a poor safety record should be allowed to regulate themselves. He has promised to eliminate regulations under the guise of getting government out of the way of corporate profits, and if his record as governor of Massachusetts is any indication, his policy of little or no oversight will cause more American deaths than the 25 that were on his watch. Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, and Republicans sought to cut funding for the CDC, FDA, FAA, and EPA and if they are successful; how long before they allow airlines, food processing plants, and more pharmaceutical companies to regulate themselves to protect their profits? The Federal government has a responsibility to protect consumers from unscrupulous corporations, and if Romney allowed 25 Americans to perish as a result of one state’s self-regulatory policy, one can only imagine the death toll if he allows all industries to monitor themselves. However, if Willard can sleep knowing he facilitated the deaths of 25 Americans, he will not lose on minute of slumber when the numbers are in the thousands, so long as corporate profits continue to rise.

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Joe Biden Destroys 'Contortionist' Romney for His GM/Chrysler Lies

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

Speaking in Florida Wednesday, Vice President Biden said of Chrysler and GM, “They don’t want to get involved in presidential politics, but they spoke up. They called it, quote – I’m going to quote – “a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.” That’s the quote. I wouldn’t call these guys acrobats, I’d call them contortionists.”

The American people, the Vice President said, want a President they can trust, and they know Romney doesn’t pass that test.

Watch here:

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S PARTIAL REMARKS:

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States rescued the automobile industry, saving one million jobs, creating 200,000 new jobs, good paying jobs you can raise a family on. GM is back. Chrysler is the fastest growing automaker in the world. And what’s happened? What’s Ryan’s and Romney’s response. Desperation. Desperation.

In the last hours of this campaign – I just came from Ohio – in the last hours of this campaign, if you can believe it, they’re running the most scurrilous ad in Ohio, and I mean this, I want you to listen – one of the most flagrantly dishonest ads I can ever remember in my political career. In the ad they’re running in Ohio, they said that President Obama forced Chrysler into bankruptcy – I’m paraphrasing, but they said – so quote – I don’t what they have against Italians – so the Italians could take over Chrysler and ship Jeep manufacturing to China. That’s what the ad says. That’s what the a says. It’s an outrageous lie, a lie that’s so deceptive and so patently untrue that the Chrysler Corporation, including the chairman of the board of Chrysler, they actually spoke up. They don’t want to get involved in presidential politics, but they spoke up. They called it, quote – I’m going to quote – “a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.” That’s the quote. I wouldn’t call these guys acrobats, I’d call them contortionists…

Ladies and gentlemen, GM’s response to the false assertions these guys are coming up with in the last waning moments of the campaign – I love this quote – they said, quote, “they must be in a parallel universe.” That’s a quote from GM. GM went on to say, they called it campaign – this is a quote – “campaign politics at its cynical worst.” Have you ever heard an American corporation do that? In all my time, I’ve never heard an American corporation in the waning hours of a campaign give that kind of description of what a presidential candidate’s doing. That’s the best description of the cynical worst that I’ve heard of the Ryan-Romney ticket, the Romney-Ryan ticket, in this campaign…

Look, why would they do this? Why would they do this in the face of overwhelming facts contradicting them? I’ll tell you why I think: they’re trying to scare the living devil out of a group of people who have been hurt so badly over the last, the previous four years before we came to office. The last year before we were sworn in they lost 400,000 auto jobs. My state of Delaware was decimated. It had seen both its Chrysler and its General Motors plants close. Those folks in Ohio, in Lorrain and Toledo, they lost, some of them lost their homes after they lost their jobs. They lost – they’re back on their feet, they’re back. But they still feel the sting of what happened four years ago.

Because they’re running those ads in the very communities that were decimated by those policies, communities that had the most at stake in the automobile industry, these are the workers waking up in their communities just to see this ad. And guess what? They were calling, thousands of them calling their UAW reps. “Is it true? Is it true? Is Jeep really going to leave?” It’s the announcement they made, “Are you going to shut down our plant?” What a cynical, cynical thing to do…

Folks, I’ve not seen anything like this. Folks, the president’s job is not to sow confusion, it’s to plant the seeds of confidence. You’ve probably heard me say it before and I’ll say it again, presidential elections are overwhelmingly about character. They’re overwhelmingly about the character of [inaudible]. Character, character, character. It’s the most impressive trait and necessary trait a president must possess to lead the nation and the incredible people that we are. And my guy, your guy, Barack Obama has character. He’s got backbone like a ramrod. He has the character of his convictions. He does not engage in deception. He does not mislead. He says what he means and he stands by what he says.

And that’s one thing his opponent has not done. He has not stood by anything he has said. So ask yourself in this election, who do you trust? Who do you trust to be straight with you? To level with you? Who do you trust to stand up for the middle class? Who do you trust to stand up for America? Ladies and gentlemen, America does [inaudible]. We are not in decline, they are in denial.

END REMARKS

I’d fact check this for you AGAIN, but I’ve spent days linking to reality. It is an established fact that the Romney campaign is guilty of an absurd lie. But facts are apparently now a partisan issue due to Romney’s refusal to be dictated to by them. Here’s the newsflash: Biden told the truth. Romney lied again. Romney scared voters in Ohio and smeared Chrysler and GM because it’s what he does.

It’s not fair to mislead the American people about the fundamentals of who you are. Romney was against the auto bailout and he should take the hits for his position. He obviously felt strongly enough about it to gloat about it endlessly during the crisis and right up until after polls showed him losing Ohio.

The truth is that the Romney campaign jumped the fact shark a long time ago, and he’s not playing typical spin politics — he’s destroying the credibility of the election process with lies so huge they bear no relationship to reality. The Obama campaign focuses on reality that speaks well of their choices, they spin the take on reality to advance Democratic beliefs, but they do not cheerfully attack with utter falsehoods and refuse to tweak their claims when hit by factcheckers (whose own inability to see Romney’s lies in their consistent arc rather than piece by piece is a problem).

These two campaigns aren’t playing the same game at all. One is politics and the other is a circus act of deliberately deceptive contortions.

CHICAGO points out the reason for Romney’s lies, “As Mitt Romney’s path to 270 becomes further out of reach, his attacks get further from the truth… As Vice President Biden asked Floridians this morning, why should voters trust someone who will say absolutely anything to get elected, even when he knows it’s dishonest?”

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Romney Rigs His Own 'Relief Rally' by Buying $5,000 Worth of Supplies

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

Want a photo-op with Mitt Romney just after Sandy made landfall in New Jersey? Just grab a pre-purchased jar of WalMart peanut butter and hand it to him at his “Victory Rally” “Relief Rally”. Heck, “Just grab something.” It’s not as if it matters what it is, because this is all just a Big Show.

Today we discover that those supplies at the Romney “Relief Rally” were not all random donations but rather buttressed with $5,000 worth of goods purchased by a desperate campaign as props. The campaign planned to photo op Romney accepting food from supporters and loading a truck with food after the event, but what if no food showed up? Buzzfeed is reporting:

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it “did donate supplies to the relief effort,” but would not specify how much it spent.)

What makes this so outrageous is that the Red Cross did not want the items the Romney campaign collected in the first place. The Red Cross would have been better served with a $5,000 cash donation from the campaign. But that wouldn’t have allowed Romney to pose with canned goods and water as the Caring But Refusing to Answer Questions Republican Who May or May Not Want to Privatize FEMA.

Mitt Romney’s “relief rally” yesterday rang more like a typical campaign rally, except for the oddly similar stacks of food and water he photo-oped himself loading into a truck after the event. It was odd to see, for example, what appeared to be multiple bags of uncooked rice going to people without power, but whatever, right? No one ever claimed Romney or his followers were practical sorts.

The press was not impressed with Romney’s transparent attempts to keep campaigning through a disaster even before they knew it was staged with props, and they called him out on his “Victory Rally” (as their press passes read) repeatedly:

They also called him out on his failure to answer questions about his position on FEMA. The campaign explained that the Victory Rally badges were printed up the day before, but what kind of campaign doesn’t reprint them for the optics alone?

Given Romney’s stance that we should privatize FEMA and turn it over to the private sector, his own failure to do anything other than use the storm as a prop is not only indicative of his craven character, but also kills the entire premise of his privatization cries. Republicans like to tell us that the private sector will step up. Will they, then? Would you imagine that a multi-millionaire with money stashed all over the world might step up? Or do you think that multi-millionaire might only care about how he appeared to the Victims whose votes he needs?

This is what Romney meant when he said all campaign events would be canceled. Because, see, this wasn’t a campaign event per se. It was a photo op: Mitt Romney as Purchaser of Prop Canned Goods that the Red Cross Doesn’t Need.

Meanwhile, as Romney posed with canned goods pre-purchased by his campaign and pretended he wasn’t the desperate liar who was also smearing Chrysler and GM, Republican Governor Chris Christie was making the rounds on TV to discuss the serious damage done to his state by Sandy. Christie also made the point over and over again that President Obama had been “wonderful” and had cut through red tape to make things happen.

Republicans, never able to keep their pettiness to themselves even during national crises, took to the airwaves to express dismay that Obama had been too competent and too prepared. Bush’s former FEMA director during Katrina accused the President of addressing Sandy “too early”, as opposed to waiting say five days while Americans starved in pools of their own urine or drowned waiting for FEMA.

“Just grab something!” Anything. Anything at all will do. It’s not like real people need real food. It’s just a photo op with stage props.

This should surprise no one after Paul Ryan’s blatant abuse of a soup kitchen where he posed without permission from the folks in charge with dishes real Americans had already cleaned. Ironically, Ryan left the soup kitchen in worse shape, as people were outraged by the politicization and blamed the soup kitchen for Ryan’s abuse. Photo-oped compassion. What’s next? Will they start photo-shopping themselves at hurricane relief centers with their tidy, neatly pressed rolled up sleeves and wooden smiles?

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Mitt's Math Problem: Romney Must Get 54%-60% of the Vote to Win Iowa, Nevada, and NC

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Featured News

The early voting math is creating a problem for Mitt Romney. Obama is piling up such large margins that Romney will have to get 54%-60% of the votes on Election Day in Iowa, Nevada, and North Carolina in order to win each state.

In a conference call with reporters today, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina described the electoral lay of the land as, “We have the math. They have the myth,” and accused the Romney campaign of, “trying to sell illusion and delusion.” The early voting numbers reveal that the Obama campaign piling up big margins in the battleground states that are going to make the Election Day math very difficult for Romney to overcome.

The Romney campaign always had fewer paths to 270 electoral votes, and early voting is making those paths to victory very, very narrow. Democrats already lead in Iowa by 60,000 early votes. Democrats lead by 30,000 early votes in Nevada, and have cast 45% of the ballots, compared to 37% for the Republicans as of October 27. In North Carolina, Democrats lead early voting by 305,000.

The most troubling of the three states for the Romney campaign is Iowa. If the early voting turnout continues to its current pace, by the end of this week 45% of the total ballots in the election may have already been cast. If Obama maintains his lead at that level of turnout, the math becomes virtually impossible for Romney in Iowa on Election Day.

The reality of the Electoral College math is that if Obama wins Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada, plus the states that he is expected to win, the president will be reelected.

The reason why Romney has turned his attention towards Michigan and Pennsylvania is because things are looking bad for him in Ohio. A new CBS News/Quinnipiac poll has Obama with the same 5 point lead in the Buckeye State that he had last week.

The Romney campaign can keep spinning and blustering about their momentum, but behind closed doors his campaign appears to be increasingly realizing that Ohio is not going to go their way. This is why they are dumping millions of dollars in ads into Michigan and Pennsylvania. If Romney can’t replace Ohio’s 18 electoral college votes with another big state, the results in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado will be irrelevant for him.

It is easy to see why Republicans were so desperate to restrict early voting in the swing states. The Obama early voting machine has been getting out the vote and delivering the results. However, all early voting does is put the president in a good position to win. Voters still have to go to the polls on Election Day and support their candidate.

This election is not over by a long shot, but if Obama supporters show up to vote on Election Day, and keep these battleground state tallies close, Obama’s early voting advantage will put the president over the top.

Mitt Romney’s math problem is difficult right now, but it becomes impossible if Obama supporters show up at the polls on in 6 days.

Image: Sam Roberts / Times-News

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